Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 1987

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94 Points  CellarTracker

Drank 1st bottle Aug-2003 ruby red, full fruit with tinge of spice/earth but mostly cherry-plum, balanced with age for plummy finish; 2nd glass of 2nd bottle by coravin 4/17/18 started with big stank that blew off after 10 minutes, was worried for a bit, mentholy earth with great balance and acidity came through, lots of fruit left, lots of body, could last a while longer, alongside 1988, which was also good, this was perhaps 94. 4/17/2018

93 Points CellarTracker

With wines of this age, it is to be expected that there will be bottle variation. When last tasted in 2003, the bottle was clearly an underperformer and I now question its provenance. Fast-forward 14 years and what this tasting revealed was a very impressive 30-year-old. Opaque garnet, it is packed with earth-laced plum, pipe tobacco, cocoa, leather and espresso. Medium-bodied, freshly acidic and with melted tannins, it stays solid in the middle, shows no heat from its paltry 12.8% alcohol and closes with a very lengthy finish. Comparably cellared bottles should show well for at least another three years. Drink now-2020. 2/24/2017

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